Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is common condition, especially among people over the age of 40 years. There are are many different ways that GERD can present. Heartburn is one common typical presentation of GERD. There can be many other symptoms as well. In some countries, 20% to 30% of patients between the ages of 40 and 64 complain of symptoms of GERD to their doctors. This prevalence is likely to be an underestimate as many people do not consult a physician. GERD affects many aspects of everyday life including work, sleep, and enjoyment of food. There a many lifestyle factors that can cause and worsen symptoms of GERD. There can also be serious consequences, if GERD is not addressed or treated. A clear understanding of basic anatomy and function of the gastrointestinal tract is important for the prevention and management of reflux disease.
The Zahra Hasanaat Health Initiative aims to promote good health in our community. The mission is to educate, engage, and empower the community to improve their health.
Rasulullah SA has said “fast and you shall be healthy”(sumu tasihhu).
With that spirit, in the month of Ramadan, we are launching a webinar series intended to educate mumineen about common medical conditions such as heartburn, high blood pressure and diabetes. Future webinars will discuss nutrition and exercise.
The first 30 minute live webinar entitled “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Burning Issue” was delivered by Dr. Fehmida Chipty on 12mi raat of Ramadaan (Saturday, 27th June) at 9.30PM IST (12:00PM EST – noon). Participants had an opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Chipty towards the end of the talk.
Dr. Chipty is a board certified Gastroenterologist practicing in the greater Boston Area since 1997. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.She completed her Internal Medicine residency and subspecialty training in Gastroenterology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Chipty believes in the central role of the physician as an educator. She practices with the goal of helping patients understand their medical conditions in order empower them to participate in their health improvement.